June is Pride Month, when the world’s LGBT communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves.
Pride gatherings have always been a celebration of acceptance, of resilience and of bringing people together.
Pride events are geared toward anyone who feels like their sexual identity falls outside the mainstream.
The original organizers chose June for Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which took place at the end of June 1969. The Stonewall uprising in New York City helped sparked the modern gay rights movement.
Despite Pride events being canceled across South Florida and the rest of the country because of the coronavirus pandemic, the celebration lives and gives back.
South Florida Pride organizations took to social media in May with a virtual festival that featured live and recorded performances by more than 90 singers, entertainers and drag artists, which raised nearly $15,000 for COVID-19 relief.
The event was such a success those organizers are continuing through the month of June with live-streamed, weekly happy hour concerts.
Those concerts take place every Friday, June 5 – June 26 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
All donations benefit the Pride Collective’s COVID-19 relief effort and The Circle of Brotherhood.
The South Florida Pride Collective is a collaboration of South Florida’s largest Pride organizations to raise funds through virtual events to help with the devastating impact of COVID-19 on our local LGBTQ+ communities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Those organizations are:
- Miami Beach Pride
- Pride Fort Lauderdale
- Stonewall/Wilton Manors Pride
- Gay8 Festival
- Palm Beach Pride.
Among the scheduled performers are Emmy and Grammy winner Albita, international recording artist Cascada, jazz superstar Nicole Henry, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan favorite Latrice Royale, dance music artist Lucy Grau, and singer Steve Grand.
The broadcasts will also address racism, social justice and the massive public protests that resulted following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
Tax-deductible donations can be made online or by texting SFLPRIDE to 44321.
The money goes to community members experiencing hunger, loss of income, housing insecurity, access to healthcare, mental health stresses, and other needs due to COVID-19.
Wynwood Pride is also holding an online music festival to raise money to support national bail funds and social justice reform.
The multi platform digital event takes place Saturday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. The performances will be available for free via the Wynwood Twitch channel, the Wynwood Instagram page for up-to-date coverage, and a Zoom call for audience participation, costume contests, and dancing. The Zoom call is from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with live performances and surprise guests. To join, use the Zoom Meeting ID: 820 3494 1304.
LGBTQ Friendly Businesses
South Florida cities and communities are beginning to reopen restaurants, shops and some bars. If you are looking to support LGBTQ friendly businesses in South Florida, here are some links that can help.
Other Helpful Links
Pridelines: To support, educate and empower South Florida’s LGBTQ youth and community in safe and diverse spaces to promote dialogue, wellness, and to foster social change.
EqualityFL: The largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.